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Oshana - Okatjali
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Oshana Region is the smallest of Namibia's thirteen regions in terms of size, it has the surface area of 5291 km2 according to the Second Delimitation Commission of (1998). It shares the boarder with Ohangwena Region to the north, Oshikoto Region to the east, Kunene Region to the south and Omusati Region to the west. A portion of the Etosha National Park, inclusive of the Okaukuejo Rest Camp falls within the southern part of Oshana Region.

Vision

The vision for the Oshana Region is to be industrialized, self-sufficient with infrastructural, socio-economic development and a better living standard for its inhabitants by 2012.

Mission

The Oshana Regional Council is commited to govern, plan and coordinate social, economic development programmes and projects in partnership with all stakeholders towards the improvement of the living standards of the community and realization of sustainable development.

 
Political Governance

Councilor of Constituency; Honourable. Joseph Mupetami
 

Economy

The economically active population in the agriculture sector where more than 50% is based on economy that relies on crop and livestock production in the fourth north central regions. Oshana region's economy is largely driven by a nin-tradable (government) sector and strong primary beef and subsistance agriculture sector. Trade and Service sectors (mainly food and beverages as well as financial institutions) and manufacturing sector (construction and vehicle repair) provide employment in the urban areas of Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa.

Tourism is mainly providing accommodation to the business sector at Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa.
The Agriculture, hunting and forestry sector contributes only 40,68% to the active population that is very little to the region's GDP as it is based on subsistance farming, feeding the rural households rather than producing for the market. The urban areas of Oshakati, Ondangwa and Ongwediva are mainly responsible for the employment rate of 16,23% of the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles followed by public administration and defence with an employment rate of 8,73%. The average annual income that the national income of N$ 17 189.

The rural dwellers are relatively deprived compared to urban dwellers in terms of income, education and healthcare facilities. Few formal growth centers or development centers are established within rural areas, effectively limiting employment opportunities. The absence of security of tenure within rural areas has limited private sector involvement consequently the development of these areas concentrated on the social and infrastructural sectors such as the provision of rural schools and clinics, rural water and electricity supply and road construction programmes. Sectors such as agriculture, tourism and trade and industry have potential for futher development that will contribute to the regional growth.

 

Infrastructure

The Olushandja Dam, the Ondangwa Airport, the Ondangwa Railway Station, and the Oshakati Independence Stadium. The Olushandja Dam has a maximum capacity of 42.331 cubic millimeters, which supplies water to the areas outside Oshana, near the Kunene River. The Ondangwa airport is an airport serving the town of Ondangwa in the Oshana region. The Ondangwa airport is operated by Air Namibia and is offering flights going to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. The Ondangwa Railway Station is another facility serving the people of Ondangwa town in the Oshana region. The Ondangwa Railway Station is a part of the TransNamib Railway Station which leads to the town of Windhoek and to its nearby extensions. This is one way that you can experience a local Namibia travel experience. The Oshakati Independence Stadium is located in the center of the Oshana region. It is a football stadium which can accommodate 8,000 spectators. It is the home of the famous football league in Namibia: Namibia Premier League.

 

Tourism

There are numerous farms, hotels, and other accommodations that can provide you service and other needs. One on the famous farms here is the Oshana Farm. It is a self catering accommodation in the area. In here, you will be able to have a comfortable stay while viewing the wonderful sceneries around you.

 

Social Issues

Unemployment


Oshana region has a high unemployment rate as a result of many of the trained and educated youth leaving the region for better employment opportunities elsewhere in the country (NPC, Regional Development 2000/2001-2005/2006).

Water and Sanitation

The water supply situation in Oshana region has changed remarkably with the expansion of pipeline water however; sanitation facilities need much attention especially for the people living in the newly settled squatter camps in the peril-urban areas, particularly given that poor sanitation contribute to the high prevalence of diseases among children. This is according to the 2008 National Food Security and Nutrition Assessment Report.

Food Security and Nutrition Status

According to 2008, MRLGHHRD, national Food Security and Nutrition Assessment Report indicates that own production of food stands at 13% of total intake reflecting the high degree of urbanization and unreliable nature of Agriculture regime in Oshana region. Implications are these that households have to rely on income that is unstable for their food. Household and individual food insecurity is a chronic problem affecting 40, 12% of households who spent more than 60% of their total income on food. The unskilled persons, unemployed and female headed household in urban areas are the most affected and is with high dependency ratios.
Malnutrition is widespread among children and is at 27% of all children under five. Traditional storage that is part of household food security has diminished and the amounts of grain stored by individual households have also declined due to the combination of factors such as the fall in grain output, inefficiency of traditional storage methods and or building up food security in cash instead of carrying risk of storing large amounts of grain which might spoil.


 
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